The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. I Corinthians 1:18-23
From God’s perspective the worldly philosophers, scholars and brilliant debaters, the wisdom of man, look foolish. “In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2014–2015 academic year averaged $23,410. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $46,272” http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064. Instead of teaching the wisdom of God these schools for the most part are anti-God and teaching worldly wisdom. It is a “low” education and not a “high” education that students are receiving for these prices!
Those who will never trust the Lord Jesus Christ and are headed for Hell believe that the message of the cross is foolish. They do not understand it and do not what to accept it. But for us who have trusted the Lord Jesus and for those who will, we understand to some degree the power of God that took place at the cross and through the resurrection, proving Jesus to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4; I Corinthians 12:1-9).
To me this is truly astounding. One sin is an eternal problem. Just one sin, apart from trusting Jesus, would keep a person out of heaven, would keep a person from having a relationship with God. Jesus took the punishment and penalty for ALL sin when He died on the cross— past present and future! Think about that. “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (I John 2:2). Jesus died for all the rebellious, wicked, evilness of mankind “so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) and “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).
Do you see what took place at the cross of Christ as foolishness or the wisdom of God? Your answer will determine your destiny forever!
Dear Father, thank You so much for Jesus’ willingness to go to the cross for my sin. Oh, I truly want to live in such a way that honors You and shows forth my gratitude. May I do so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.